Boyle County was the 94th county of Kentucky, formed February 15, 1842, from parts of Lincoln and Mercer Counties. I took this photo on the 3rd of the month – my first time to be in this courthouse – which is very strange since it is a neighboring county! But I have no ancestors from Boyle – so I stopped to make copies of the first year of marriages – April 1842 to December 17, 1842 – to share with you! The first in this series is the very first marriage in Boyle County, James T. Lapsley, son of James Lapsley and Charlotte Clelland, who married Frances Letitia Ewing, bond dated April 11, 1842. Unfortunately Frances died July 23, 1843, in Barren County, Kentucky.
Know all men by these presents, that we, James T. Lapsley and John M. Meyer, are held and firmly bound unto the Commonwealth of Kentucky, in the sum of 50 pounds, to the payment whereof well and truly to be made, we bind ourselves, our heirs, jointly and severally, firmly by these presents. Sealed with our seals, and dated this 11th day of April, 1842.
The condition of the above obligation is such, that whereas a marriage is shortly intended to be solemnized between the above bound James T. Lapsley and Frances L. Ewing, of this county: Now, shall it always hereafter appear, that there is no just cause to obstruct the said marriage, then the above obligation to be void, else to remain in full force and virtue.
James T. Lapsley, John M. Meyer
Test, Duff Green, Clerk